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Major Tom: Thanks for the Web


I am sure many of you have heard of this, but have you seen this? I don’t think that when the space station was built that we thought that this sort of thing would happen.

Watching Commander Chris Hadfield performs a reworking of the David Bowie classic Space Oddity on his last day in charge of the International Space Station, I found it haunting. The lyrics are mostly true to the original which makes all the more evocative and enthralling.

Only the advent of the web, and particularly the social web, encouraged the production and dissertation of this beauty. Tax dollars well spent I say. I don’t really have much more to add other than it stands at near 15M views, not counting other co-opted video display such as the BBC, but it does leave me at a loss for words. And hopeful.